High Desert Rendezvous 2024


  •  08.24.24
     5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The High Desert Museum’s signature fundraiser returns Saturday, August 24! Join us on Saturday, August 24, for the 35th High Desert Rendezvous—the High Desert Museum’s beloved annual fundraiser! As one of Central Oregon’s longest-standing fundraisers, Rendezvous is a testament to our community’s enduring support of the Museum’s mission to wildly excite and responsibly teach. Come (more…)

Members Mingle!

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  •  06.12.24
     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an exclusive evening of exploration and camaraderie at our Members Mingle event! Kick off the summer by diving into our newest immersive experience, Forest at Night—located in the Changing Forest Pavilion. Soak up sun at the ranch, chat with fellow members, sip on luscious lemonade, munch on sweet treats and discover secrets of the nocturnal world with Forest at Night curator, (more…)

Art in the West Closing Party 2024


  •  09.20.24
     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the last day of Art in the West! Mingle with participating artists, watch live demonstrations, and enjoy live music, food and libations. The exhibit and auction close at 7:00 pm. Auction winners who are present can take home their pieces starting at 8:00 pm. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm FREE     (more…)

Bat Walk Wednesday – August


  •  08.28.24
     8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join the High Desert Museum for a guided twilight expedition in search of bats! Check out the Museum’s new Forest at Night experience to brush up on nocturnal species before heading outside to search for our flying mammalian friends. Weather appropriate clothing and a flashlight or headlamp are necessary. Registration is required for this limited-space, (more…)

Sawmill Demonstration


  •  08.15.24
     1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Full steam ahead! See the 1904 Lazinka Sawmill in action and how lumber was processed on-the-go at the turn of the century. 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm FREE with Museum admission (more…)

Museum and Me – August


  •  08.08.24
     5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A quieter time for children and adults who experience physical, intellectual and/or social disabilities to enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours. Explore the Museum’s newest exhibitions and revisit your favorites. Sensory pack are available to borrow with headphones, fidgets and more. 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (more…)

Lost in Place Nature Writing Intensive


  •  08.08.24
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Writing Ranch and the High Desert Museum are offering a unique weekend nature writing intensive at the Summer Lake Lodge in Summer Lake, Oregon. Daily generative writing workshops, led by author, OSU Cascades MFA instructor and founder of the Writing Ranch Ellen Waterston, will be informed and complemented by morning field trips and evening (more…)

Sawmill Demonstration


  •  07.27.24
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Full steam ahead! See the 1904 Lazinka Sawmill in action and how lumber was processed on-the-go at the turn of the century.  Originally from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, NOW from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm to accommodate for the heat! FREE with Museum admission (more…)

Bat Walk Wednesday – July


  •  07.24.24
     8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join the High Desert Museum for a guided twilight expedition in search of bats! Check out the Museum’s new Forest at Night experience to brush up on nocturnal species before heading outside to search for our flying mammalian friends. Weather appropriate clothing and a flashlight or headlamp are necessary. Registration is required for this limited-space, (more…)